Dalton Education Foundation

For over 27 years, the independent Dalton Education Foundation has focused on developing, supporting, and promoting excellence in the nationally acclaimed Dalton Public School system.

The Foundation leverages private charitable contributions to:

  • Recognize exceptional teachers
  • Award classroom grants
  • Provide college scholarships to Dalton Public Schools students

Your tax deductible contribution of any size is welcome and will be used to pursue academic excellence in Dalton Public Schools today and tomorrow.

To get involved with the work of the Foundation, to make a contribution, or for more information, please contact us.


Dalton Education Foundation, Inc, was established in 1987 to promote educational excellence in the Dalton Public Schools through education, recognition and enrichment.


Changes in the method of state school financing in the 1980’s led leaders to investigate ways the Dalton schools could continue to offer the highest quality education possible to Dalton’s children.

The idea for an education foundation was born, in part modeled after the highly successful Whitfield Healthcare Foundation that has supported Dalton’s Hamilton Medical Center so effectively.


The foundation’s purpose is not to raise money to operate the schools; that is the Dalton Board of Education’s job.

The foundation provides “over and above” resources, both human and financial, to enable our educators to dream dreams about how to build a truly superb school district and then, with foundation assistance, to follow that dream.


Fall 2014              Summer 2015                   Fall 2015


Tom Jones Educator of the Year (2016 Nomination Form)
Tom Jones Educator of the Year 2016 Award Presentation
Clifford & Kathryn Hale Academic Excellence in Teaching
Janice Meadows US History Grant


The Rowena Hyatt Martin Creative Teaching Grant
The Tom Jones Grants for Excellence
DPS Payroll Deduction Teacher's Wish List
Charles E. Bowen Leadership and Service Grant (Click here for information/application)

Foundation Grant Applications and Awarded Grants





Bill & Judy Adams Entrepreneurial
Karen Lightbody Kirkman Piano (Click here for information/application)
James E. Martin Memorial Math
John Bruner Memorial Scholarship
Barry Patterson Memorial
Harlan Starr Memorial
Demera Robinson Memorial
Dale Cook Memorial